Guide to TV movies: March 7 – 13 | Cinema News

THIS WEEK’S SBS WORLD MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Audio description (AD) available for Hannibal, Mosley and The descent part 2
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Tiananmen: the people against the party, The Long Good Friday, Hannibal, 100 Vaginas and The virus: what happened?

TUESDAY MARCH 8

76 days
12:00 p.m. SBS VICELAND

Sir
China, USA, 2020
Kind: Documentary
Language: Chinese
Director: Hao Wu, Weixi Chen
What is it about?
Raw and intimate, this documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline healthcare professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.

Subjects of desire
8:30 p.m., SBS VICELAND / 9:35 p.m., NITV

MA15+
Canada, 2021
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jennifer Holness
With: Inde.Arie, Jully Black, Alexandra Germain, Brittany Lee Lewis, Seraiah Nicole
What is it about?
Examines the cultural shift in beauty standards towards the adoption (or appropriation) of black aesthetics and characteristics, deconstructing what we understand about race and the power behind beauty.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Stuntwomen: The Untold Story of Hollywood
10:30 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 2020
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: April Wright
With: Heidi Moneymaker, Zoe Bell, Michelle Gonzalez, Tammie Baird
What is it about?
Based on Mollie Gregory’s bestselling book, this documentary introduces audiences to generations of female stunt women who risked their lives on camera, while behind it they fought for equal rights with male stunt performers, fought against sexism and harassment, sustained life-threatening injuries and returned to the fray after every battle.

Tiananmen: the people against the party
2:15 a.m. SBS

MA15+, DC
United Kingdom, 2019
Kind: Documentary
Language: English, Chinese
Director: Ian MacMillan
What is it about?
Discover the true story of the seven-week period that changed China forever. On June 4, 1989, a violent and bloody pro-democracy protest ended, killing thousands and laying the groundwork for China’s future.

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WEDNESDAY MARCH 9

Priest
9:30 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 2011
Kind: Horror, Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Scott Stewart
With : Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Lily Collins, Maggie Q, Stephen Moyer, Cam Gigandet
What is it about?
In an alternate world, humanity and vampires have been at war with each other for centuries. After the last vampire war, the veteran warrior priest (Bettany) lives in darkness with other humans inside one of the Church’s fortified towns. When the priest’s niece is kidnapped by vampires, the priest breaks his vows to hunt them down. He is accompanied by the niece’s boyfriend, who is a wasteland sheriff and former warrior priestess.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The Long Good Friday
11:20 p.m. SBS VICELAND

MA15+, DC
UK, 1979
Kind: Crime, Action, Gangster
Language: English
Director: Jean Mackenzie
With : Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Freeman
What is it about?
Gangster Harold Shand (Hoskins) is London’s all-powerful underworld boss, who beneath a gentrified veneer is all surly and menacing. On a fateful Good Friday, the day Harold must make a crucial deal with an American organized crime group, Shand finds his empire suddenly under attack. Someone killed two of his henchmen, attempted to murder his mother, and blew up his favorite pub. And someone will pay.

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Hannibal
2:20 am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, UK, 2001
Kind: Crime, Thriller, Horror
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
With : Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Giancarlo Giannini
What is it about?
After years of successfully evading authorities, Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) lives peacefully in Italy disguised as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when it’s discovered he left a few deserving dead in the process. He returns to America to make contact with now-disgraced agent Clarice Starling (Moore), who incurs the wrath of a malevolent FBI rival as well as the media.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

THURSDAY MARCH 10

My life as I live it
11:00 am, NTV

g
Australia, 1993
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What is it about?
After the 1978 landmark My Survival as a Native, Essie Coffey returns to her home in Dodge City where she and the A-Team are running for county office. Between 1993 and 1978, the film presents the fascinating contrasts of a society in transition.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Arrowhead
9:20 p.m., NITV (rebroadcast Friday, March 11, 12:10 p.m.)

M
Australia, 2017
Kind: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Jesse O’Brien
With : Dan Mor, Aleisha Rose, Shaun Micallef, Mark Redpath, Christopher Kirby
What is it about?
Kye (Mor) is a prisoner of war caught between two armies he doesn’t believe in. When offered an opportunity for freedom, Kye goes on one last rescue mission only to find himself stranded when his ship crashes. Kye soon realizes that the deadliest creature on the desert moon is himself.

FRIDAY MARCH 11

Shanghai Surprise
12:00 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1986
Kind: Romance, comedy, crime
Language: English
Director: Jim Godard
With : Madonna, Sean Penn, Paul Freeman, Richard Griffiths, Clyde Kusatsu
What is it about?
Glendon Wasey (Penn) is a fortune hunter looking for a fast track out of China. Gloria Tatlock (Madonna) is a missionary nurse seeking the healing powers of opium for her patients. Fate sets them on a hectic, exotic and even romantic quest for stolen drugs. But they face all the thugs and smugglers in Shanghai.

Mosley
7:45 p.m., NITV (rebroadcast Saturday, March 12, 10:15 a.m.)

PG, AD
China, New Zealand, 2019
Kind: Entertainment, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Kirby Atkins
Voice cast: Lucy Lawless, John Rhys-Davies, Temuera Morrison, Rhys Darby, Kirby Atkins
What is it about?
Mosley and his family of four-legged Thoriphants lead a working life on an isolated farm owned by Simon, a brooding and mean-spirited farmer. One evening, after plowing all day, Mosley’ discovers a cave with large ancient drawings on the walls – they are Thoriphants similar to Mosley and Rue except that they stand upright! Was this what the Thoriphant race was? What happened to make them bent, handsless creatures?

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SATURDAY MARCH 12

Blitzed: Drugged Nazis
4:30 p.m. SBS

PG, CC
United Kingdom, 2018
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Duncan NapierBell
What is it about?
As told by acting legend Steven Berkoff (The girl with the dragon tattoo), this gripping new documentary sheds extraordinary light on Nazi drug experimentation during World War II.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The Descent: Part 2
9:40 p.m., NTV

MA15+, AD
UK, 2009
Kind: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jon Harris
With : Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Michael J. Reynolds, Jessika Williams
What is it about?
Distraught, confused and half-crazed with fear, Sarah Carter (MacDonald) emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered untold terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened – or why she is covered in the blood of her friends – Sarah is forced to return to the depths underground to help locate her five missing companions.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest
1:10 a.m. SBS

MA15+
Denmark, 2009
Kind: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: Swedish
Director: Daniel Alfredson
With : Noomi Rapace, Annika Hallin, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre
What is it about?
After being shot in the head, Lisbeth Salander (Rapace) is under close watch in a hospital and faces trial for attempted murder upon her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Nyqvist) and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove his innocence. In doing so, she plays against powerful enemies and against her own past.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

100 Vaginas
3:50 a.m. SBS

MA15+, DC
United Kingdom, 2019
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: jenny ash
With : Laura Dodsworth
What is it about?
In this provocative documentary, artist Laura Dodsworth photographs and interviews 18 British women – from teenagers to retirees – as they tell candid, funny and powerful stories about periods, pubic hair removal, trauma from rape and female genital mutilation, the joy of orgasms, the secrets of the clitoris, the wonders of birth and the impact of porn, gender and religion – to better understand this part of themselves and its role permanent in the lives of women.

SUNDAY MARCH 13

one of us
8:30 p.m., NTV

M
Canada, 2021
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Yasmine Mathurin
What is it about?
After a young French-Canadian Heiltsuk of Haitian descent is racially profiled at an Indigenous basketball tournament, he struggles with his shaken sense of belonging to his adoptive Indigenous family while trying to heal from his past.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Discovery of Atlantis
9:20 p.m. SBS VICELAND

g
United States, 2015
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Lee
What is it about?
Adventurer-geologist Dr Martin Pepper sets out to prove his theory – that the real Atlantis existed on the Greek island of Santorini and was destroyed in the largest volcanic eruption in human history. In order to achieve its goal, Pepper will use new scientific evidence collected using state-of-the-art sonar scans of the sea floor and microscopic analyzes of the ancient landscape.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

D. Wade: An Unexpected Life
10:00 p.m., NTV

PG
United States, 2020
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bob Metelus
What is it about?
For a decade, Dwayne Wade intimately documented his life and career with a film crew. The result is a remarkably candid portrait of one of the greatest NBA players of all time.

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The virus: what happened?
3:10 a.m. SBS

M, CC
United States, 2020
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Directors: Marcela Gaviria, Brent E. Huffman, Katerina Monemvasitis, Martin Smith
What is it about?
As COVID-19 spread from Asia to the Middle East to Europe, why was the United States caught off guard? Despite repeated warnings of a powerful contagion headed our way, American leaders failed to prepare and protect us. Why and who is responsible?

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